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Getting Your Next PR Job in 2009

3161768883 0e1a9bf5bb Getting Your Next PR Job in 2009

The Examiner PR columnist, Valerie Simon, recently interviewed me for a piece she wrote on "Getting Your Next PR Job." Here is an except and read the rest of the comments over at the Examiner

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Although just last November "public relations specialists" ranked 19th on Time's list of 150 recession proof jobs http://tinyurl.com/5k7ode Charade dvd , it seems that these days no position, or company is immune to the economic crisis. While much of the news you are hearing probably concerns layoffs or entire companies going out of business, the fact is that there are many PR positions available. So how do you find them? And how do you distinguish yourself from the myriad of other candidates out there? Over the coming weeks, I will be sharing some conversations with both recruiters and organizations who are currently hiring. There is good news out there, and with the right resources, you can be a part of it!

Lindsay Olson, a partner and recruiter at Paradigm Staffing, continues to make successful placements, regardless of the current job market. "In the past two weeks, we placed a Director of Public Relations for a marketing services company in Connecticut and a Sr. Account Executive for a technology PR agency in San Francisco. We've also signed two new clients in the past week - both in-house PR positions."

According to Lindsay, while there has been a decrease in the number of new jobs available, those jobs that are available are open because the position is a very important hire for the company. There are many candidates vying for the same positions, so the competition is fierce and means candidates need to be more prepared than ever for their interviews....

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